A KEEN runner has set himself a target of 100k to raise funds for his local branch of Samaritans.

Steve Butler, of Wokingham, has decided to use his sport in support of Samaritans of Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts.

He said: “Assuming we don't count school sports days, I think I've been running for about ten years.

“Knowing the unique and vital work Samaritans do every hour, 365 days a year, it seems perfectly natural to want to raise some funds for my local branch. This run just gives me the opportunity to give a little bit more support to our wonderful local branch.”
Steve joined as a listening volunteer in 2018 and also helps with IT. The branch does its own fundraising and currently needs £25,000 annually to maintain its centre near Larges Lane, Bracknell.

Although last year’s “London to Brighton 100K ultra” was cancelled, it is hoped this year it will go ahead.

Steve said: “I originally intended to run last year but unfortunately the race was cancelled due to Covid 19. Fingers crossed and roadmap permitting, the run will now take place this year on the Bank Holiday weekend starting on 29 May. The course starts in Richmond-upon-Thames, then takes its route across the North Downs, over the South Downs, and finally towards the Brighton coastline with the finish at Brighton race course.”

 If you would like to sponsor Steve, you can donate at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SteveIsCollecting